What Are We Doing?
Opposing the hostile take-over of Liberty Apple Valley
One of the new memes used in attacks against my position is that I only defend Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. That is, I’m not to be trusted (and thus my position is to be discounted) because I never hold Ranchos to account the way I do the Town of Apple Valley (TOAV), and/or that I am not balanced in my approach.
This erroneous critique is not only far removed from any examination of the facts, but also fails to understand either what my position is, or what the facts are.
Let’s first get some preliminaries out of the way.
But these factors are just side dishes. The entree is much more fundamental: I’m not fighting for Ranchos, I’m fighting in support of capitalism and the American way.
A free society prospers when government is restrained. Small government is the foundation of our country. It only works when government is limited strictly to doing government stuff, leaving the private sector to do everything else. Our country was based on this core principle, and it flourishes to the extent that it hews to it. Even though most of the freedoms our Founding Fathers gave us are now long gone, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to fight to preserve those few that are left, as well as working toward restoring those we’ve lost.
One of the reasons government must be kept small is that it does nothing as efficiently as the free market (AKA private enterprise). Whether you look at the postal service, Amtrak, the defense establishment, welfare (individual and corporate), social security, Obamacare, education, space exploration, and etc., etc., waste, fraud, and corruption are omnipresent when government is involved. Where government is involved, accountability and transparency are about as common as unicorns. And I’m not talking just about the federal government, as we see these same issues right here in Apple Valley.
Given all of these points, it stands to reason that anyone who cares about the American way of life would not want government, including local government, to take over anything, including a water system.
Opposing the TOAV’s hostile takeover of Ranchos is a way of applying the abstract ideology of freedom to the real world. It is less important that Ranchos might benefit from my efforts than it is that I fight for freedom and fairness, regardless of (or even despite) the actual entities involved. As the saying goes,
All politics is local, and a fight such as this is about as local as it gets.
One more thing.
Like Ranchos, this is a fight I neither wanted nor welcomed. My life would be perfectly happy without battling TOAV to preserve our
better way of life. The Town Council has taken plenty of actions I didn’t like over the years I’ve lived in Apple Valley, but avoiding involvement and maintaining my comfortable existence was more important to me than fighting
city hall. The attacks on Ranchos were what broke the camel’s back, so to speak. If you think I’m too loud or too annoying or too persistent or too one-sided or flawed in whatever other way, you have the TOAV to thank both for my involvement in this matter and for my very genesis as the TOAV’s bête noire.
Now, can we get back to discussing the facts?
— Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.